Fall 2021 Guidance/COVID-19 Information

VA Benefits and Military Funding

In addition to the traditional forms of financial aid, Service members and military veterans (and their dependents) may be eligible for additional financial assistance for their educational expenses.

Please visit the Student Accounts Office for detailed information related to these two programs or to speak to the VA Certification Officer.

Department of Defense (DoD) Tuition Assistance (TA)

The Department of Defense (DoD) Tuition Assistance (TA) program provides financial assistance to Service members for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of professional and personal self-development goals. TA is available for courses that are offered in the classroom or by distance learning and are part of an approved academic degree or certificate program. The courses must be offered by schools that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and are signatories to the current DoD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (DOD MOU).

  • This is a unique source of financial aid available to active duty Service members
  • Must have approval from Educational Services Officer (ESO) prior to enrolling in classes at SUNY Cortland
  • Students apply for funding

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits for veterans and their widows and dependents

VA education benefits help Veterans, service members, and their qualified family members with needs like paying college tuition, finding the right school or training program, and getting career counseling. Learn how to apply for and manage the education and training benefits you've earned.

  • This is a unique source of financial aid available to Veterans and their qualified family members
  • Students apply for funding